Hartlepool dance student lands West End role in Billy Elliot

Connie Fisher who has landed a part in Billy Elliot the Musical. Photograph by Alastair Muir

Connie Fisher who has landed a part in Billy Elliot the Musical. Photograph by Alastair Muir

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A DANCE student has landed a part in one of West End’s most famous musicals.

Ten-year-old Connie Fisher, who dances with the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in Hartlepool, has told of her delight after securing a part in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

Connie, who trains in Hartlepool and comes from Northallerton, plays the part of Mrs Wilkinson’s daughter Debbie.

She said: “I have been dancing since I was three and started competing at freestyle competitions with my dance school, Planet Dance, when I was four.

“I recently joined Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in Hartlepool and also became Juvenile British Modern Champion 2014.

“It was Val who got me the opportunity for my first ever audition, which was for the role of Debbie in Billy Elliot. I was so excited when I found out I had got the part. It’s an amazing opportunity and I feel really lucky. I hope I make everyone who has supported me proud.”

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

September this year saw a record-breaking 25 former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical at a unique performance that was broadcast live to the UK and around the world.

Two special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live also took place at Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners’ Institute, which was one of the settings for Billy’s inspiring story.

Connie’s role means the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts now has two current performers in the show.

Demi Lee, who is 11 years old and comes from Middlesbrough, is another one of Val’s students to star in Billy Elliot. She is one of the people who alternates the role of Debbie with Connie.

Based on the award-winning film, Billy Elliot the Musical has been dazzling London’s theatregoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world, winning over 80 awards.